Sad Janka Kráľa

Sad Janka Krala Bratislava Slovakia by Lucy MallowsThe statue of Janko Kráľ, with the UFO Tower peeking overhead © Lucy Mallows

This is a great green space to unwind by the river and get your breath back after shopping at the massive Aupark mall.

South of the Danube, this park seems like the first choice for those seeking a patch of green. It was created in the time of Maria Theresa, and Janko Kráľ was a revolutionary poet who used to walk there. Here, you'll find a 14th-century Franciscan church tower that used to stand in the Old Town but was removed from the church and brought to the park in 1897, and a plaque near the Einsteinova main road reveals that an ‘anti-Napoleonic wall’ stood here in 1809. The park is also decorated with 12 astrological star signs marked out along the circular pathway with a symbol and a collection of benches to have a rest on; it’s fun trying to find your sign. The ground-breaking Aréna Theatre stands by the water near the Old Bridge. For mall rats, it’s a pleasant stroll across the Most SNP and through this park to reach Aupark shopping centre.

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